LibriVox recording of Ragged Dick, by Horatio Alger.
Horatio Alger, Jr. was well known for his best-selling series of books highlighting "the American Dream" of poor boys making good and becoming rich and successful through "luck and pluck". Ragged Dick was the first in this niche, and follows the adventures of Dick Hunter, a ragged bootblack as he makes the decision to "grow up 'spectable," and how he goes about achieving his goals through the help of his friends, his inherent honesty, and his belief in hard work and study. (Summary by Alice)
Read by Alice.
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September 14, 2014 Subject:
A Wonderful Story
Like the other reviewers, I enjoyed the reader's characterizations as well as the story. It was a great joy to listen to.
July 13, 2014 Subject:
An Alger Classic!
If you want to take a trip to the land of Horatio Alger Jr., this is the book to begin your journey. Alger is known for his Rags to Riches stories, and this exemplifies the genre. You'll become immersed in the life of a young boot black (shoe polisher), in Old New York, as his hard work, honesty, and perseverance take him far. It is read well, and I enjoyed it very much.
October 16, 2011 Subject:
Delightfully read by Alys Attewater (who never even says her name!), and a very interesting book written with good humor and good nature, and with fascinating views of a New York City from 150 years ago.
May 27, 2007 Subject:
The variation of voice that the reader uses is well done and the story is a delight! This story makes one wish that it was much longer than it is. A nicely narrated description of early New York City. I highly recommend this story, it is both inspiring and fun to hear!